Who Are Your Heros?
Some of us have several heros that we allow to inspire us. We all have at least one person that we look up to. No matter how dreary, boring or sad your life experiences seem to be, admit it, someone along the way gave you a glimmer of hope and inspiration. Think about that person and what they have done that speaks directly to your heart. Did you know that you could be doing that, too? I’m very serious! You’re probably thinking that I have no idea what trouble you’re in or what obstacles you’re facing.
You may be trapped in a small town with little to no opportunity and you think that your hero lives in a land of All-Dreams-Come-True. Or, you may be financially challenged and your hero is someone who inherited millions of dollars. Maybe you are poorly educated and your hero is someone who went to Harvard. I’m here to tell you that those external obstacles that you are making up in your mind (a.k.a. excuses) are not as powerful as you think they are.
The first thing you can do to help yourself realize your dream, is to accept that the excuses you see as obstacles are nothing more than a trick of the mind. Take a moment right now to see that your heros also faced challenges and overcame obstacles. That’s what makes them heros in the first place!
Let’s look at the gifted Paris Hilton. She’s physically beautiful. She was born into a life of luxury. She can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants, with whomever she wants! But, would you consider her your hero? My guess is, probably not. Now, take a look at Oprah Winfrey‘s life. Here’s a woman born into poverty, to a mother of a minority race. She is now one of the most influential women in modern America. She is a hero to many people and the biggest reason for that is because of how far she has come in her journey. She faced many obstacles, but she challenged them. She may have failed along the way, but she believed in herself. She pushed on until she became the admired woman she is today.
Your dreams matter. And, surprisingly, they matter to more than just you. When you accomplish a goal it sets an amazing example for your children. When you overcome fear, doubt, worry and obstacles, you become a hero that inspires everyone in your life to do and be more. The ultimate reward for being all you can be, is that you enjoy your life.
Start right now, believing in yourself. Trust that you are strong enough to prevail through any challenge. If dreaming big is intimidating, start small. Do one thing today that normally makes you anxious. Listen to a fear and challenge it. Make that phone call. Write that email. Set the appointment. Whatever it is that you’ve been putting off because of fear, doubt, or worry. Do not give in. Just do it. Really, just do it! Then, watch as you get through the struggle. Pat yourself on the back for accomplishing your goal. Hopefully, you recognize that when you try, you do. When you do, you succeed. Even if it appears as though you failed at whatever it was you wanted to accomplish, the attempt itself is a success. Recognize that you just did that thing that normally you would not have even consider. Acknowledge that the excuses you were making were silly, ridiculous, and misleading! Little by little you will gain confidence and super-human power (well, it feels super-human sometimes).
You have it in you to succeed. Your heros are examples that you can study. Find several examples of people who have already accomplished what you want to do. Don’t get jealous or discouraged at their success, instead use their lives as a lesson from which you can study and learn from. Surround yourself with inspiration and motivation. Watch documentary videos, read inspiring articles, hang up motivational sayings. Immerse yourself in reminders that your dreams really do matter.
So… what are you going to do today? Tell us about it here or on the My Dreams Matter Facebook fan page or Tweet about it. Let the whole world know that your dreams matter and you’re going to take them seriously from now on. I can’t wait to see the places we’ll all go with this positive and confident attitude. I can do it. You can do it. We can do it!